No matter which way you slice it, every generation has its “it” things. You either have those things or you get bullied in the playground. I don’t make the rules, that’s just how it is. Kids embrace capitalism on a level people with a mortgage and regular bills could only dream of. Their social system is built entirely on ownership of a select set of items.
Here’s a few things you needed to have in the 90’s if you wanted to have any friends whatsoever. I’m not even kidding, if you didn’t have these you were target #1 for a good ol’ bullying.
The Game Boy
Back in the day we didn’t have all the fancy consoles we have right now. There was also no such thing as a console war. Where now kids are trying to prove that their Xbox is better than your Playstation, we were just happy to have a 2,5 inch screen, a D-pad, 2 buttons and about 250 pixels of megafun.
Portable DVD Player
Look, DVDs were a very new technology in the 90s. If you were the kid that was able to watch one on the go, you were the king of the school. No contest whatsoever. These days everyone just streams everything right on their smartphones so this bad boy would probably not turn heads in the same way it used to. You can still buy them if for some reason you’re absolutely enamored with the technology.